This is what I saw when I was driving down the road yesterday. Looks pretty comfortable.
At least that guy pretty obviously doesn’t believe the myth that driving barefoot is illegal.
The barefoot driving myth is one of the ways I got started with barefooting, way back in the mid-1990s. Back then the internet was mainly things like email and Usenet newsgroups, and the driving myth would show up fairly regularly. Also, back then, state statutes weren’t online, so when I went to debunk that myth, I went to the library and found the AAA Digest of Motor Vehicle Laws. (Of course, back then, there was no internet link and you had to look at the real book.) It listed it as legal everywhere in the United States. I checked copies from 1988 through 1994 and they all said the same thing.
Oddly enough, the entry for Ohio said it was “not recommended.” Now, state legislatures do not pass “not recommendeds”, they pass laws. I’m guessing that the AAA person called the Ohio BMV, and the person on the phone, instead of actually answering the question, said, “Well, we don’t recommend it.” Of course, that has no legal import. That was also on the Ohio website until fairly recently (5 years ago or so).
Yet, despite it not being illegal, many people kept claiming that they were ticketed for driving barefoot. That just says that the cops probably believed the myth, too. Here’s a story from back then from somebody who was ticketed for driving barefoot and who took it to court:
Just because someone got a ticket for driving barefoot doesn’t mean that it is illegal. I was cited for driving barefoot several years ago. The thing that upset me was that the judge allowed the police officer almost an hour to look through the law book before he dismissed the case. (The judge postponed my case to the end of the day’s proceedings.) The officer never did find the law he was looking for.
[Some folks have sometimes claimed that what the police can do is ticket you for "unsafe driving". (Well, of course, they can ticket you for anything — the question is whether it is justified and whether it sticks.) The burden is on the state to prove that it is unsafe to drive barefoot (you know, guilty beyond a reasonable doubt) and they have no evidence that that is the case.]